The Power Of Isolation On The Mind Essay

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The Power of Isolation on the Mind Isolation can damage a person’s mental stability and ultimately alter the way they function physically and emotionally. People never experience the same situation as another, however in the circumstances of confinement, the outcome will be similar in the way the individuals are affected. This is evident in the psychological condition of the protagonists, the woman, in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and, Emily, in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner. The effects resulting from confinement on the woman’s and Emily’s mental state are depression, the obsessive tendencies towards their surroundings, and the susceptibility to going insane. Primarily, the main characters from both stories suffer from severe depression, which is a result of being alone in a house for long periods of time. The separation between themselves and the world physically, as well as mentally, leads to the downward spiraling of their contact with reality. Isolation and loneliness spread throughout their minds and severs their ability to form rational thoughts. Emily’s character had all possible suitors warded off by her father and this can be seen as a foreshadowing of her long-term isolation. This isolation is not only caused by her father, but by her social standing in the community which dictates who is seen a suitable mate. When her father died Emily had no one to support her, so she shut herself up in her house and “she went
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